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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battleship Wisconsin: BB-9 and BB-64

in the Homeport of Naval History

 
 
Battleship <i>Wisconsin</i>:BB-9 and BB-64 in the Homeport of Naval History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
1. Battleship Wisconsin:BB-9 and BB-64 in the Homeport of Naval History Marker
Inscription. Battleships bearing the name Wisconsin have graced the waters off Norfolk and Hampton Roads since the beginning of the twentieth century. Ornately designed to show-off the “Stars and Stripes” of the United States, the first battleship Wisconsin (BB-9) was commissioned in 1901. John Philip Sousa and the United States Marine Corps Band once performed patriotic marches from the wooden decks of the first Wisconsin. In 1906, President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt traveled to Norfolk with many other Americans to bid farewell to the first Wisconsin sailing on a two year voyage around the world with the famed “Great White Fleet.” Serving primarily as a Midshipman training ship during World War I, the first Wisconsin was scrapped in 1922.

During World War II, the second battleship Wisconsin (BB-64) was commissioned under the command of U.S. Navy Captain Earl E. Stone. Born in the “Badger State” of Wisconsin, Stone earlier served as a Naval Academy Midshipman aboard the first battleship Wisconsin (BB-9). Surviving the Imperial Japanese Strikes at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Stone had a key role in organizing the war-winning communications intelligence efforts of the U.S. Navy. For a job well done, he received the highly coveted appointment
The Battleship Wisonsin image. Click for full size.
By Laura Troy, November 4, 2007
2. The Battleship Wisonsin
to command the second battleship Wisconsin (BB-64) in the spring 1944.

Sailing into the embattled waters of the Pacific, the crew of the second battleship Wisconsin earned five battle stars during World War II. Home-ported at Pier 7 on Norfolk Naval Base, the second Wisconsin earned another battle star in the Korean War and, similar to the first Wisconsin (BB-9), server primarily as a Midshipman training ship during the Cold War. During the Persian Gulf War, the crew of Wisconsin (BB-64) coordinated the first Tomahawk missle strikes against Iraq.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia, Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail marker series.
 
Location. 36° 50.862′ N, 76° 17.654′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Waterside Drive and Boush Street. Click for map. This marker sits on the dock that houses the Battleship Wisconsin. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battleship Wisconsin: A Floating Fortress (here, next to this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: Berthed in Norfolk (here, next to this marker); Surveying the Land & Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Battleship Wisconsin: Quad 40 Mount (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Half Moone Fort, 1673 (about 300 feet away); The Cedar (about 300 feet away); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (about 300 feet away); USS Newport News CA-148 (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Norfolk Heritage Cannonball Trail
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,265 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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